Updated: Feb 25, 2020
So you want to be hair free and see that laser is permanent? Wrong. Now your going in the right direction with choosing SHR Laser hair removal as your starting point to a 'almost' hair free life, but let's look at the facts of SHR Laser hair removal and why clients being sold ''hair free in 6 sessions'' are being mislead.
In short, no. Laser hair removal works by heating the hair follicles to stop new hairs from growing. This puts the hair follicles in a state of dormancy for a long period of time — much longer than with shaving and waxing. When the hairs do grow back, they’ll be lighter, finer, and fewer in number.
Although the procedure is often touted as a form of “permanent” hair removal, laser treatment only reduces the number of unwanted hairs in a given area. It doesn’t get rid of unwanted hairs completely.
A long-term clinical study was conducted to evaluate the SHR laser for hair removal. Of 92 patients all had temporary hair loss and 89% had long-term hair loss. It was also shown that growing hair was thinner and lighter than before. Since the laser tends to treat hair follicles that are in an active growth phase, more than one treatment is required to deactivate hair follicles that subsequently enter this growth phase.
Despite the high success rate of laser hair removal, hair follicles eventually heal. This results in new hair production. To ensure the best results possible, you will need to undergo multiple treatment sessions.
The low down on what it is and how it works:
Super hair removal (SHR) is the latest technology in Laser hair removal. The laser system uses targeted flashes off light to block the hair follicles hair growth by applying controlled energy pulses under the skin. This pulse works to destroy the follicles hair growth without damaging the surrounding skin. This process is all about deactivating the hair structure.
The laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle and shaft. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and this energy is converted into heat, which leads to damage of the hair follicle. This damage causes a delayed regrowth of the hair and in most cases a semi-permanent destruction of many hair follicles. Unlike electrolysis, which kills one hair follicle at a time, the laser reaches and treats hundreds of follicles simultaneously, hence the reason the sessions are so quick!
SHR technology gently heats the skin with a low energy (48 degrees) but with high frequency through melanin and stem cells. Even the finest hair can be treated. Treatment time depends on the treated area. Each hair follicle is desolate within one millisecond, so a small area (e.g. armpits) takes less than five minutes, while a larger area (e.g. legs) can take 20 minutes - half an hour.
The average number of treatments varies from person to person and consistency of treatments is the clients responsibility. 6-12 treatments at intervals of 5-6 weeks is the average number for most.
An important factor here is also the treated body region; the legs, for example, have a much faster claim to the laser than the face.
Follow-up treatments are necessary to get the most out of laser hair removal. The exact number of maintenance laser treatments varies by individual. You also need to space these out by six weeks each, this means that the full treatment cycle can take up to 12 months.
After each session, you’ll likely notice fewer hairs. Any hair that remains or regenerates will also be lighter in both texture and color. The AAD estimates that the number of hairs will reduce by 10 - 25 percent after your initial session. The rate of reduction thereafter will improve, but will also vary.
Additionally, for the best results, you’ll likely need occasional maintenance sessions. These help ensure that the hair follicles don’t regenerate. Depending on your individual needs, you will need a maintenance session once, twice even three times a year after your full initial round of laser treatment.
Just remember if you are wanting to go ahead with SHR Laser hair removal then you need to manage expectations that this is not a permanent hair removal technique, nothing is! You must be committed to booking and attending your appointments at the correct time intervals, following after care and being patient in the knowledge that some may need more sessions than others but you must always be consistent!